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Country Homes & Interiors March 2019

Published by Time Inc. (UK) Ltd Relaxed living…comfortable style Country Homes & Interiors is the magazine that celebrates the best of modern country decorating style. Inspired by the spirit of today's relaxed living, you'll find page upon page of gorgeous real homes, plus a fresh take on country decorating.

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the mood of the moment: ringing the changes

Tough as I find it to leave behind the cosy throws and rib-sticking puddings of winter, nothing can galvanise me into action the way a whiff of spring in the air can. If the wind’s blowing in the right direction, I can hear cows lowing at the dairy farm down the road, telling me they’ve been moved back to the meadow from their winter home. In the garden, the trees I somewhat brutally lopped at the end of summer are starting to show signs of recovery (thank goodness!), and indoors, the spring sunlight is revealing how desperately my windows need a thoroughly good wash! Nature’s shaking off the cold and getting busy, and so must I. If you’re feeling inspired to renew your interiors with the change of seasons,…

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things we can’t live without march

1 Making her favourite cuppa to celebrate Mother’s Day. Love & Wildflowers mug, £19.95, Emma Bridgewater. 2 The right words to lead her to her happy place... Mum’s Garden wood plaque, col grey, £6, Gisela Graham. 3 Celebrating British craftsmanship with timeless designs. Kinross spindle dining chair in oak, H79.5xW47.5xD56cm, £229, John Lewis & Partners. 4 Turning your sofa into a tropical-inspired destination. St Lucia cushion, col Oyster/Ochre/Quince, 45x45cm, £59, Clarissa Hulse. Splish-splashing in springtime showers! Birch forest fresh green dress*, £65; straw basket, £38, both Cath Kidston. Umbrella and wellies, both stylist’s own. *Available from 11 March. Table talk around a rustic and naturally beautiful oak, country-living favourite. Farmhouse dining table, £2,498; Agnes pendants, £628 each, all Anthropologie. 5 A sunny, handmade accent piece…

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engine yard at belvoir castle

After exploring all the stores, head to the Fuel Tank café for seasonal, locally sourced food. At the heart of the Engine Yard is a collection of charming old Belvoir estate buildings that have been lovingly restored. (FEATURE PATRICK HAMILTON COURTNEY) The brick buildings that make up Belvoir Castle’s Engine Yard once served as workshops to support the running of the estate. They have now been transformed into a vibrant, rural retail destination that aims to welcome visitors with a warm atmosphere and boutiques full of tempting buys. We caught up with Emma Manners, Duchess of Rutland and the woman behind it all, to find out more… WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO OPEN THE ENGINE YARD AS A RETAIL SPACE? There were these beautiful buildings from around…

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make a house a home a blind to dress a window

For a classic country look, combine a floral trail with a contrasting small repeat and decorative ribbons. Blind, made in Honeysuckle Garden linen, col Old Blue (front), £120m; Seaweed linen, col Leaf (back), £59m, both Colefax and Fowler. (FEATURE SARA BIRD) A decorative way to mask light and provide privacy, a window blind is also a stylish way to add character to a casement window. Whether fixed, free-flowing, ornate, or neat, blinds are the perfect treatment to inject colour, pattern, texture and interest, and can be drawn up to make the most of garden views. WHAT’S THE STORY Types and looks differ depending on the material, but popular fabric blinds include Roman, roller, festoon and Austrian. The latter two feature loose gathers of…

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heart of oak

We wanted to do a different sort of renovation – especially as this is the fifth house we’ve worked on,’ says Alice Geddes of the refurbished period cottage where she lives with her husband, James, and their boys, Angus, Lachy and Archie. ‘We lived in London, then moved back to Berkshire because of family ties – I grew up in this area and I’m a country girl at heart. Before this project, we were living in a Fifties house nearby, but as James is in property, he has a passion for renovating houses, and we were looking for a new challenge.’ Living room The blue and grey scheme complements the honey-hued beams. Walls painted in Cornforth White estate emulsion, Farrow & Ball. Botanica Bird blind and curtain…

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on my doorstep...

Visit… ‘Walk on Watership Down, part of the South Downs, near Newbury. When I was a child, we used to go there for picnics, and the views are incredible.’ Shop in… ‘Stockbridge, where there are lots of independent shops. I love to visit George Clark (01264 811044, georgeclarkstockbridge.co.uk ), a wonderful Aladdin’s cave of an interior design shop with fantastic home accessories and great gift ideas.’ Go for a meal at… ‘The Wellington Arms (0118 982 0110, thewellingtonarms.com ) in Baughurst – it’s tiny and really cosy in winter. It also has a beautiful garden in the summer. They serve homegrown and locally sourced produce and the food is very good.’ ■…